FEAST OF WEEKS ("Pentecost - meaning 50 days")
Yahweh's Feast Days are always a joy to look for, a pleasure to celebrate and full of blessings for His people when they do so. This day actually has two "titles" that people call it. "Pentecost" is a Greek word which means "fifty days." As you read and study the verses about this day, you will learn that people came to call it "Pentecost" because it is the 50th day after your count begins. The Feast of Weeks is a one-day feast which always occurs on the First Day of the Week (Sunday). Therefore, it is an annual "weekend" Sabbath which we can look forward to enjoying. Below are verses from the New International Version of the Bible that tell more about this time. Please take your Bible and read these stories for yourselves or with your parents. There are other activities listed below, including a quiz on what you learn.
Leviticus 23:15-22: From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to Yahweh. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to Yahweh. Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams They will be a burnt offering to Yahweh, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings--an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to Yahweh. Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. The priest is to wave the two lambs before Yahweh as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to Yahweh for the priest. On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.
Revelation 14:1-5: Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to Yahweh and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths, they are blameless.
Acts 2:1-4: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. e they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
You should take time to read more, especially the account in Acts, because that actually depicts more of the events of the day. Remember, the Messiah Yahshua said he would send a Comforter.
Let's do some activities before taking a quiz on the Feast of Weeks.
Feast of Weeks/Pentecost Word Find
Find the following words which come from Acts 2:6, "And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each." (New Revised Standard Version/NRSV):
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Feast of Weeks Word Match
Below on the left are Hebrew words and on the right are the English words. See if you can match them up; you might need some help for this. It is fun learning how to use a Concordance or other dictionary to find which ones are right. You may print this so you have it right at your fingertips while researching the words.
Now, for the answers (but don't peek until you try to do it for yourself):
Hag Hashavuot-Festival of Weeks; Aseret Hadibrot-Ten Commandments; Shavuot-Weeks; Bikkurim-First Fruits; Z'Man Matan Toratenu-Time of Giving of Our Torah; Hag Habikkurim-Festival of First Fruits; Hag Hakatzir-Harvest Festival.
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Feast of Weeks Coloring Page
You can print this picture out to color. Read the verses that go with this picture and perhaps you can check them out in your own Bible. It is always good to know what your picture represents!
Acts 2:1-3: When the day of Pentecost [50 days] came, they were all together in one place. (2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. [New International Version]
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Feast of Weeks Quiz
Before you take this quiz, be sure to read both the Feast of Weeks Story and all the verses in your own Bible. It will help if you have your Bible handy to answer these or have your parents help you to read and take the quiz. When you are done, ask your parents to help grade it with you and you will see how much you have learned!
1. How many Sabbaths are counted to the Feast of Weeks?
2. What day is the Feast of Weeks on every year?
3. What can you NOT do on the Feast of Weeks?
b. Regular work.
c. Go to Assembly meeting.
4. Why do we no longer present sacrifices as stated in Leviticus 23:18-20?
a. We do not have the animals around anymore.
b. There is no physical temple.
c. Would have to travel too far.
d. Blood has no more meaning.
5. Where were all the disciples on the 50th day?
a. Together in one place.
b. Hiding in the caves.
c. Shopping for groceries.
d. Running through the streets.
6. What did they hear while gathered together?
a. Music, loud and annoying.
b. People yelling.
c. Horns blowing.
d. A sound like a violent wind.
7. Something very, very special was given to them that day. What was it?
a. Gold coins.
c. Yahweh's Holy Spirit, our Comforter.
d. A shiny new car.
8. There are more sounds heard in the Revelation account. What were they?
a. Boys and girls yelling.
b. A pin dropping.
c. The roar of a lion.
d. Roar of rushing waters like a loud peal of thunder.
9. Who did the 144,000 follow?
a. The authorities in the land.
b. His disciples.
c. The Lamb (Yahshua).
d. King David.
10. What were the 144,000 offered as?
a. Firstfruits to Yahweh and the Lamb (Yahshua).
b. Sin offerings.
c. The entirety of the Israelites.
d. The last of the disciples.
May you and your family and friends have a wonderful and joyous Feast of Weeks wherever you celebrate it.